The Certificate in Latinx Studies is designed to provide theological and ministerial formation to students preparing for ministry with Hispanic/Latinx churches and communities in the U.S.

The certificate can be earned as part of the M.Div. (residential and hybrid), M.T.S., and M.A. in Christian Practice degrees.

Students in the certificate program will take courses in Latinx theology, participate in the Caminantes advanced spiritual formation program, and, in the case of M.Div. students, have at least one field education placement in a Hispanic/Latinx ministry context or the equivalent in the form of a contextual engagement project.   

Through the certificate program, students will:    

  • Become part of a group of fellow sojourners who seek to encounter Christ on the roads connecting Duke Divinity School to the world, while practicing and honing skills for ministry with Hispanic/Latinx communities.   
  • Become part of a learning community that seeks to learn from Hispanic/Latinx Christian traditions and cultures.  
  • Become part of a learning community that is committed to the Hispanic/Latinx community and dedicated to becoming self-aware leaders who can thrive in diverse contexts. 
Requirements

M.Div. (Residential and Hybrid) and M.T.S., Degrees 

  • Two courses in Latinx Studies:
    • XTIANTHE 779 Introduction to Latinx Theology (also offered in hybrid format, as needed)
    • At least one course in the Hispanic Summer Program or its equivalent
  • One course from a list of approved electives
  • A minimum of one year participation in Caminantes (also offered in hybrid format, as needed)
  • (M.Div. only) At least one field education placement in a Hispanic-Latinx context or the equivalent in the form of a contextual engagement project

M.A. Degree

  • Two courses in Latinx Studies
    • XTIANTHE 779 Introduction to Latinx Theology, or approved equivalent
    • One course in the Hispanic Summer Program or one course from a list of approved electives
  • A written self-evaluation of the student’s grasp of Latinx theology completed in the second year of the program and submitted before graduation to the administrative team; this submission can either be written in fulfillment of the requirements of any course at Duke Divinity School or apart from a course. 
  • A minimum of one year participation in Caminantes (also offered in hybrid format, as needed). 

Elective Courses:   

  • XTIANTHE 849 Pneumatology: Global Perspectives on the Holy Spirit  
  • XTIANTHE 890 Thinking Theologically; Thinking Queerly  
  • XTIANTHE 822 Theology of Las Casas  
  • XTIANTHE 890 Oscar Romero: Defender of the Poor  
  • BCS 762 Christian Identity and the Formation of the Racial World  
  • BCS 767 Christianity, Race, and the American Nation  
  • BCS 802 Race, Modernity, and Theology  
  • WXTIAN 803 Beyond Borders: Latin American, Latino, and Hispanic Theologies  
  • WXTIAN 852 Latin American Theology  
  • WXTIAN 845 Conflict Transformation: Theology, Theory and Practice  
  • WXTIAN 802 Popular Revivals in 21st Century World Christianity  
  • WXTIAN 780 Recent Catholic Theology 

Students may take other classes in the Divinity School or the University with the approval of the certificate director.

Forms and information for current students »

For more information, contact:
Dr. Peter Casarella
Certificate Director
pjc36@duke.edu